Wilde play “fizzes with fun”

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Halifax Thespians present Rocket Theatre’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime at the Playhouse on Friday and Saturday April 17/18.

“Murder is always a mistake: One should never do anything one cannot talk about after dinner…” which sums this magnificent black comedy up perfectly.

It is a gripping tale of love, honour, duty, fortune-telling and murder.

Lord Arthur takes his marriage vows extremely seriously, but when he has his fortune told just weeks before the wedding his destiny simply cannot be ignored…

This is a hilarious retelling of a classic story revelling in the wit of Wilde, while borrowing (rather cheekily) from Wodehouse, to create a wicked black comedy that positively fizzes with fun.

Join Lord Arthur and his valet for an evening of ludicrous indulgence.

Rocket Theatre was established in 1995 and its production of Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime has already toured to almost 100 venues. it was first published in the literary magazine, The Court and Society Review, in 1887.

Originally published with the subtitle ‘A Study of Cheiromancy’ this was changed to ‘A Study of Duty’ when the anthology of Wilde’s stories was published in 1891.

The company has won awards for previous productions including Cornered, Howie the Rookie, Dealer’s Choice and The Collector.

Martin Harris, who plays Lord Arthur and set up Rocket Theatre, has directed 25 of the company’s plays to date.

Chris Bridgman, who plays his valet Middlewick, spent several years with Manchester impro troupe, Comedy Express.

He has appeared in several plays and has recorded a role for Nova Star Hunters, an online sci-fi epic.

lFor tickets ring The Playhouse Box Office on 01422 365998 or book online at www.halifaxplayhouse.org.uk .

lPerformances commence at 7.30pm each evening - doors open at 7pm